April 29 — Michael Schenker Group premiered the second single from its forthcoming album Friday, along with the song’s companion lyric video.
The single comes in the form of ‘A King Has Gone.’ The song, which is the second single from MSG’s forthcoming album, Universal (due out May 27 through Atomic Fire Records) behind ‘Emergency‘ and its video, is a tribute to legendary rock front man Ronnie James Dio.
As part of the tribute Rainbow keyboardist Tony Carey, who also played on Rainbow Rising, recorded the song’s synth intro, ‘Calling Baal,’ which is a direct reference to the introduction to Rainbow Rising‘s ‘Tarot Woman.’ Additionally, the original Rainbow rhythm section of Bobby Rondinelli and Bob Daisley also took part in the overall composition.
As if the additional of the Rainbow members is not enough, the vocals for the new single were recorded by Helloween’s Michael Kiske.
The musical arrangement featured in ‘A King Has Gone’ is a fully engaging power metal composition that harkens back to the songs that made Rainbow so great (and that continue to make the band so beloved). Kiske’s rich vocals pair with the teaming of Schenker and company to make the overall composition fully engaging and entertaining.
As noted, the song’s lyrical theme is a tribute to the legendary Ronnie James Dio.
The song’s lyric video places the song’s lyrics over the backdrop of what looks like that area just above a fire in which the embers lift and fly. A picture of the group’s new album is presented in the bridges.
Michael Schenker Group announced last month, a tour in support of Universal is scheduled to launch Sept. 27 in San Juan Capistrano, CA. The tour is scheduled to run through Nov. 6 in Tulsa, OK and to feature performances in cities, such as Milwaukee, WI; Cincinnati, OH and Ft. Wayne, IN.
The tour’s schedule is noted below.
MSG US Tour 2022 w/ Eric Martin, Images Of Eden:
9/27/2022 The Coach House – San Juan Capistrano, CA
9/28/2022 Goldfield Trading Post – Roseville, CA
9/29/2022 Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
10/01/2022 Saban Theater – Los Angeles, CA
10/02/2022 Count’s Vamp’d – Las Vegas, NV
10/04/2022 Oriental Theater – Denver, CO
10/06/2022 Pop’s – Sauget, IL
10/07/2022 Des Plaines Theater – Des Plaines, IL
10/08/2022 Arcada Theater – St. Charles, IL
10/09/2022 Pabst Theater – Milwaukee, WI
10/11/2022 The Art Theater – Hobart, IN
10/12/2022 Piere’s – Ft. Wayne, IN
10/14/2022 The King Of Clubs – Columbus, OH
10/15/2022 Agora Theater – Cleveland, OH
10/16/2022 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
10/17/2022 Jergels – Pittsburgh, PA
10/19/2022 The Vault – New Bedford, MA * MSG only
10/20/2022 Flying Monkey – Plymouth, NH
10/21/2022 Cabot Theater – Beverly, MA
10/22/2022 Sony Hall – New York, NY
10/23/2022 Newton Theater – Newton, NJ
10/25/2022 Keswick Theater – Glenside, PA
10/26/2022 Tally Ho – Leesburg, VA
10/27/2022 Sherman Theater – Stroudsburg, PA
w/ Damon Johnson & The Get Ready, Images Of Eden:
10/29/2022 Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH
10/30/2022 Brooklyn Bowl – Nashville, TN
w/ W.A.S.P., Armored Saint:
11/02/2022 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
11/03/2022 Concrete Street Pavilion – Corpus Christi TX
11/04/2022 Eaton Arena – San Antonio, TX
11/05/2022 Amplified Live – Dallas, TX
11/06/2022 Tulsa Theater – Tulsa, OK
Universal will come less than two years after the release of MSG’s latest album, Immortal, which was released last year through Nuclear Blast Records.
More information on MSG’s upcoming album release and tour is available along with all of Michael Schenker’s latest news at: